Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has accused the United States of having “double standards” in the area of national security when the protests are happening on American streets rather than in Hong Kong.
“They very much value their own national security, but when it comes to our national security, they view the matter differently,” Lam said ahead of a weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.
“We see how the riots are being handled by the local governments in the US. And then compare that to the stance they adopted when we had similar riots last year.”
The widespread protests and unrest across the US in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis have come as a timely propaganda gift to China, happening only a week after its parliament formally approved controversial new national security laws for Hong Kong.
That move was condemned by the Trump administration and many US politicians who were similarly outraged at how police had cracked down on protesters in Hong Kong last year.
The police violence against protestors in Hong Kong is unacceptable. We must support these brave individuals standing against Chinese Communist Party tyranny and pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. https://t.co/tZhPCtpb2g
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 12, 2019
#HongKong police cut short today's peaceful protest 5 hours early and gassed the crowd w/in 10 minutes.
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) January 19, 2020
Now, these same congressmen are calling for the US military to be used to end this week’s protests and are waving aside aggressive actions taken by police against peaceful protesters.
And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry—whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters. https://t.co/OnNJmnDrYM
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 1, 2020
Many in the media fell for the calculated & deliberate tactics of professional agitators.
They knew the street needed to be cleared before 7pm curfew.
But they deliberately stayed to trigger police action & get the story they wanted, that “police attacked peaceful protestors.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 1, 2020
Trump himself has threatened to deploy the military if the unrest continues.
On Monday night, federal officers cleared the way as the president walked over to the St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo op where he waved around a Bible.
Prior to that excursion, Trump had been taking shelter inside the White House bunker and has not met with any of the demonstrators. Last year, he suggested that the protests in Hong Kong would come to a quick end if only Xi would meet with the protesters.
If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt! https://t.co/eFxMjgsG1K
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019